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Attack Helicopter RUDRA First Appearance in Republic Day Parade

Indigenously-developed weapon system integrated helicopter Rudra will make its maiden appearance in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on January 26.
Attack Helicopter RUDRA to make first appearance in Republic Day Parade
  • The flypast by the Indian Air Force on the Republic Day parade will involve 38 aircraft, including 21 fighters, 12 helicopters and five transporters.
  • The Ensign formation of the flypast will include a Mi-17 V5 helicopter carrying the ASEAN flag to commemorate the summit meeting of India and the block of South East Asian countries to be held here on January 19-30.
  • The flypast will be divided into two blocks. The second block will start with Rudra formation comprising Advanced Light Helicopter MK-IV WSI. This is the first time this aircraft is being showcased in the Republic Day Parade. Other formations will involve C-130 J, AEW&C aircraft escorted by two Sukhoi-30 MKI, Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Jaguar, MiG 29 Upgrade aircraft. 
  • The IAF tableau will be themed on "Indian Air Force encouraging indigenisation", while the tri-service tableau will be themed on "veterans are an asset to the nation'. 

About HAL RUDRA

  • The HAL Rudra, also known as ALH-WSI, is an armed version of HAL Dhruv. Rudra is equipped with forwarding Looking Infrared (FLIR) and Thermal Imaging Sights Interface, a 20 mm turret gun, 70 mm rocket pods, anti-tank guided missiles and air-to-air missiles.
  • On 4 February 2013 in Aero India, the HAL Rudra Mk-IV achieved Initial Operation Clearance (IOC), and two helicopters were handed over to the army.
  • Rudra has 2 main versions, Mark III(weaponless) and Mark IV.
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